Cogwheel Archive

Rotary Cogwheel | 07.23.2015

July 22, 2015

Today: Summer Social, 5:30 p.m., Estenson Event Center, and Chris Kennelly Classification (Reese)

Birthdays: Jayne Hager Dee (7/22) and Steve Underdahl (7/24)

Next Week: Lori Pulkrabek, GSE Team 2014

Last Week:

Shattuck-St. Mary’s of Faribault offers students a traditional college preparatory education and more, and the more isn’t only the school’s celebrated hockey program.

Over the last five years, it has implemented a program described by President Nick Stoneman as “scholarshift,” involving innovative teaching strategies and centers of excellence, all designed to nurture students’ creativity. He describes it as “an investment in the future.”

The IBM profile — blue suit, red tie – is a relic of the past, he said. The future will be built on creativity and innovation practiced in a global context.

The school now offers centers of excellence in academics (bio-science and engineering), arts (pre-conservatory instrumentals and vocal performance) and athletics (hockey, soccer, golf and figure skating). There is also a weCreate Center with 10 studios that provide the environment for students to actively access and explore their creative impulses.

The school has also exchanged the “cells and bells” teaching model for more independent, online instruction. Students are in conventional classroom Tuesdays and Thursdays, but Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, they are working on their own with online instruction, internships, and service learning. President Stoneman calls it a “game-changer” that has been well-received by students and effective.

Shattuck-St. Mary’s is also embarking on an initiative to extend its reach across the globe. It has already opened a campus in Beijing and has plans for four or five more in other countries and one in Chicago. These campuses will provide Shattuck students with the opportunity for a global experience and increase the school’s visibility worldwide.

The school boasts a diverse student body of 450. Students come from 34 states and 31 countries. Seventy-five percent are residential students. Forty-six percent of the student body receives some form of financial aid to offset the $46,000 comprehensive fee.

The school doesn’t want to be overlooked by local students looking for a different educational experience. It is adding another admissions counselor to attract students from the immediate region.


Charlie Cogan has been involved in Rotary since 1998. He approached a club about funding for a project in Togo, and soon learned the world works better if you give as well as get.

He and his wife live in Northfield. There oldest son is launched. They have two children at home, one of whom attends Shattuck-St. Mary’s.

Guests: Lauren Hahn and Rachel Gaul (Stevens) and Charlotte Smith (Halverson)

Scholarship Enhancement:  Dale Ness….with an assist from Jim Blaha


We will have three inbound exchange students this year: Nicole from Paraguay, Carson from Taiwan and Jose from Mexico. We still need host families for the two boys.  If you know of someone who can help, see Vicki Dilley.

With the changing of the guard, we also change the password to the Members Only area on our web site. It is now lowercase halverson.

David Brown invited members to consider becoming a Paul Harris Fellow. Fellowships are available for a $500 contribution to the Rotary Foundation, a 50 percent discount. Seventy-two members of the club have made this commitment.

Rob Martin provided an update on progress made by Save the Northfield Depot project. Footings and foundation are in place and final details are being worked out with Canadian Pacific Railroad for the move and transfer of ownership of the 127-year old structure. Rotary contributed $5,000 to the project last year.

The Local Donations Committee is looking for opportunities to make a difference in the community. If you have an idea, see Carl Caskey.

Outbound Students 2015-16

  • Beimers, Henry – Norway
  • Beimers, William – Brazil
  • Carlson, Samuel -Argentina
  • Estrada, Gabriella – France
  • Hahn, Erin – Thailand
  • Hodel, Christoph – Indonesia
  • Kelley, Caitlin – Chile
  • Lunderby, Jack – Brazil
  • Mandsager, Erik – Zimbabwe
  • Martinez, Odalys – Japan
  • Muir, Mason – Taiwan
  • Olson, Josiah – Colombia
  • Regnier, Eli – Brazil
  • Rodriguez-Vazquez, Leslie – Brazil
  • Scheffert, Jenna – Italy
  • Seitz, Zoe – Denmark
  • Washburn Chapman, Ahna Cole – South Africa
  • Woitalla, Jessica – Brazil.

Past Northfield Rotary Club meeting videos on YouTube

Coming Up

August 6 — Steve Underdahl, President and CEO of Northfield Hospital, Classification (S. Richardson)

August 13 — Alyssa Herzog Melby, Executive Director Northfield Arts Guild, NAG’s New Start

August 20 — Chris Heineman, Northfield Director of Community Development, Classification (Rich)

August 27 — Dayna Norvold, Rice County Habitat for Humanity